Friday, June 27, 2014

Draft night disappointment

The Boston Celtics used their two first-round picks on a pair of guards, and there's no way that Rajon Rondo can be happy about that draft-night strategy

On Friday's podcast, I used the word "disappointment" to describe what the Celtics did -- or shall I say, didn't do -- at Thursday's NBA Draft. I also put myself in the shoes of Rondo, a day later.

And I previewed the Red Sox' weekend series in the Bronx.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Something up his sleeve?

With the NBA Draft just one day away, the Celtics still have time to make the major moves that can shake up the Eastern Conference, but it all starts with Kevin Love

LeBron James has stolen the spotlight. Everyone is talking about him opting out. But all I want to know is, what's up with Love?

And after that, what's up with Carmelo Anthony?

On today's podcast, Comcast SportsNet New England NBA analyst Kyle Draper joined me to discuss all the latest Celtics/NBA rumors leading up to the draft. I also reacted to another tough Red Sox loss in Seattle, as well as the NHL Awards.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Leaving Miami?

LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat to become an unrestricted free agent, and if you made me guess where he'll play next season, I'd say Los Angeles

But not for the Lakers.

Hear me out, on today's podcast. I also talked NBA Draft, Red Sox, Bruins, and the World Cup.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Catchin' up with Forrest Griffin

UFC Hall of Famer and former Light Heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin joined me for a 1-on-1 that took place inside the ring at Peter Welch's Gym in South Boston

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Also on Friday's podcast, I reacted to the Red Sox' loss in Oakland on Thursday night. Plus, I discussed Rajon Rondo's comments about Carmelo Anthony. And does Tom Brady really have possession of the New York Jets' defensive playbook?

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

'I'm a John Lackey guy'

John Lackey dominated once again on Wednesday afternoon, as he continues to drive the message home: he is Boston's ace

I tweeted it after Wednesday's win: "Forget Paul Heyman. I need a T-shirt that says, 'I'm a John Lackey guy.'"

And I'm serious.

On Thursday's podcast, I discussed the Red Sox' successful seven-game home stand, and looked ahead to their West Coast road trip.

Also, Providence Journal Red Sox insider Brian MacPherson joined me on the Skype hotline.

And I continued to react to even more Kevin Love trade rumors, while explaining why you haven't heard the last of the "Carmelo Anthony to Boston rumors."

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@DannyPicard 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Forcing their hand

Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment on Tuesday, but most of the attention in Boston should be on why the Red Sox had to make that move in the first place

When push came to shove, Brock Holt was the reason that Grady Sizemore will have to prove his worth on another team.

On Wednesday's podcast, I reacted to the failed Sizemore experiment, but more importantly, continued to praise the player who forced his way into Boston's everyday lineup.

Also on the show, I discussed the latest Kevin Love trade rumors, and whether or not the Celtics have the best offer on the table.

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@DannyPicard 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bruins make it official

While it had previously been implied, the Boston Bruins officially announced on Monday that Shawn Thornton won't be back with the team next season, and it's a decision that I still don't agree with

Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral joined me on Tuesday's podcast to discuss the Bruins' decision and Thornton's future.

Also, I looked at the Red Sox' 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins, and looked ahead to Jon Lester and John Lackey's upcoming starts. Plus, a quick World Cup recap of Team USA's big 2-1 win in the opener.

And I closed out the show giving a few crazy Tony Gwynn stats.

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@DannyPicard 

Monday, June 16, 2014

No comparison

The San Antonio Spurs won the NBA title on Sunday night, but once again, it's just a reminder that no championship celebration is as good as the one provided by the Stanley Cup

Commissioner Adam Silver gave out the NBA Finals MVP trophy AFTER he gave the Spurs the NBA Championship.

Can you imagine if NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave out the Conn Smythe trophy AFTER he gave the Los Angeles Kings the Stanley Cup?

It would NEVER happen.

On Monday's podcast, I reacted to both championships handed out over the weekend.

Also, Comcast SportsNet Red Sox insider Sean McAdam joined Monday's show to discuss where the team stands after splitting a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians.

And I closed out the podcast with my early prediction on where LeBron James will play next season.

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@DannyPicard 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Don't 'sell' just yet

David Ortiz and Brock Holt came through with a couple huge two-out RBI in Thursday night's win over the Cleveland Indians, and combined with a solid Jon Lester start, the Red Sox might be ready to send their GM and owners a message

That message would be, "We aren't done yet."

Some have already given up on the Red Sox 2014 season. These people have called 2013 a "fluke."

They must not have looked at the Wild Card standings. Because after Thursday's win, Boston is only 4.5 games out of one of the two Wild Card spots.

And you know how I feel. Just get into the tournament.

Red Sox players can control the decision that general manager Ben Cherington makes in the coming month. Does he sell or buy at the trade deadline?

That decision hasn't been made yet. And if the Sox can continue to play like they did on Thursday night at Fenway, then you can't actually be serious about "selling" just yet.

At least, I'm not. And I explained why you can't decide to sell right now, on today's podcast.

Also on today's podcast, I talked some World Cup, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Final, and 2024 Olympics potentially in Boston.

And should the Bruins trade Brad Marchand? I explained why I wouldn't.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Don't take it personal

The World Cup begins this week, and while I'll certainly be watching and rooting for the United States to get out of their seemingly impossible group, it won't turn me into a diehard soccer fan

This won't be the first World Cup I'll watch. And it won't be the last.

But outside of that, soccer is not my personal preference. It never will be.

To those who enjoy the sport more than I do, do me a favor. Stop taking it personal.

As a diehard baseball fan, I don't get mad when you criticize the sport or Major League Baseball. In fact, I'm probably right there with you calling out the MLB. I don't take your dislike for one of my favorite sports personal. And neither should you, when it comes to soccer.

I explained such on Thursday's podcast, while getting back to some Red Sox talk, and reacting to their 6-0 loss in Baltimore on Wednesday night.

Also on Thursday's show, I previewed Game 4 of the NBA Finals, while paying attention to another storyline that involves the Heat, which includes the offseason pursuit of Carmelo Anthony.

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@DannyPicard 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Earning his spot

Brandon Workman was once again a reliable starter for the Red Sox on Tuesday night in Baltimore, and it's time that the team makes his permanent spot in the rotation official

Even after two rain delays, the kid got the job done. All he needed was one run, and the Red Sox defeated the Orioles 1-0.

To me, it's not even up for debate. Brandon Workman has earned himself a permanent spot in Boston's rotation.

On Wednesday's podcast, I expressed such, and I continued to defend John Lackey against those who continue to say he has "threatened" retirement.

I also took a look at the NBA Finals, and predicted what will happen Wednesday night in New York as the Stanley Cup will be in the house.

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@DannyPicard 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Threatening retirement?

Ken Rosenthal recently brought up the idea of John Lackey -- Boston's ace -- having to pitch for the league-minimum next season, thanks to a clause in his contract that kicked in once he missed 2012 because of Tommy John surgery

In the FOX Sports story, Rosenthal suggests that retirement for Lackey is a possibility, if he doesn't receive an extension from the Red Sox.

Was this an informed opinion? Possibly. But is it that much of a stretch to think that Lackey wants to pitch for only $500,000 next year, while being the best pitcher on the team? Not at all.

Also, Lackey talked with WEEI.com's Alex Speier, answering questions about his future, kind of, saying that he had "some things to think about" after this season.

Is that a threat, or just simple logic?

Seems pretty logical to me, that Lackey -- given the way he's pitched since the beginning of last season -- wouldn't want to play for the league-minimum in the final year of his deal. So I still can't seem to find his "threat" of retirement anywhere.

On Tuesday's podcast, I defended Lackey against some of his haters who have tried to use this story to turn him into a villain in Boston once again, because since the beginning of last season, they haven't been able to point the finger at him for anything else.

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@DannyPicard

Talkin' Red Sox and Patriots on Comcast SportsNet


I was a guest on Comcast SportsNet New England's "Sports Tonight" on Monday, joining Bob Neumeier, Mike Felger, and Marc Bertrand to talk Red Sox and Patriots

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Monday, June 09, 2014

To the rescue

David Ortiz' ninth-inning home run off Joba Chamberlain saved the day for the Red Sox on Sunday night in Detroit, helping his team snap out of a five-game losing skid

Ortiz' blast took Xander Bogaerts off the hook for his seventh-inning error that eventually led to the Tigers taking a 3-2 lead.

On Monday's podcast, I reacted to the Red Sox' weekend in Detroit, and looked ahead to their next series in Baltimore.

Also, Comcast SportsNet New England columnist Rich Levine joined me (19 minutes in) to discuss the NBA Finals and react to the latest Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony rumors. And we're both on the same page with 'Melo and the Celtics.

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@DannyPicard 

Friday, June 06, 2014

Crampin' up

LeBron James can't avoid headlines on Friday after missing the final four minutes of Game 1 because of severe cramps, amidst extremely high temperatures in San Antonio on Thursday night

The Spurs' air-conditioning system broke. Both teams played under the same high temperatures. But the difference was LeBron's absence in the final minutes.

On Friday's podcast, I took a look at LeBron's dehydration issues, reacted to Game 1 of The Finals, and gave an interesting hydration story from my experience covering pro teams the last five years.

I also took a look at the latest Kevin Love trade news, and what it means for both the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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@DannyPicard

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Livin' in a dream world?

The latest Celtics rumors are pretty wild, but the biggest question has to be whether or not the idea of bringing both Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony to Boston is even realistic

Kyle Draper, host of Celtics "Pre/Postgame Live" on Comcast SportsNet, joined me on Thursday's podcast (16 minutes in) to discuss the reality of such major moves.

Also on Thursday's show, I reacted to the Red Sox' three-game losing skid, looked at the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals, and remembered Don Zimmer, who has passed away at the age of 83.

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@DannyPicard 


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Make it happen

The Celtics are rumored to be interested in bringing Carmelo Anthony to Boston after they finalize a potential trade for Kevin Love, and I can't think of a good reason why it shouldn't happen

To me, the only issue would be, how would you fit everyone under the salary cap?

But if the rumors are true, then Danny Ainge must have a plan. And if the plan could work, it would be in the Celtics' best interest to make it happen.

I opened Wednesday's podcast basically begging for Ainge to bring in both Love and Anthony to play alongside Rajon Rondo. And I call out those who wouldn't want Anthony in Boston.

Also on Wednesday's podcast, NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney joined me (24 minutes in) to preview the Stanley Cup Final.

And I closed out the show with a message for Major League Baseball, following Brandon Workman's six-game suspension.

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@DannyPicard 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Sox' win streak snapped

John Lackey probably wishes he could take back his pair of first-inning walks on Monday night in Cleveland, because ultimately, that's what did him in against the Indians

Monday also saw the season-debut of Stephen Drew. And even though I don't think Drew should be on the team, the loss wasn't his fault.

On Tuesday's podcast, I reacted to the Red Sox' 3-2 loss in Cleveland. I also questioned Stephen A. Smith's belief that Boston would be a bad spot for Kevin Love. And is Tom Brady really not a top-five NFL quarterback? C'mon now.

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@DannyPicard

Monday, June 02, 2014

Kevin Love visits Boston

The picture above shows Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo shaking hands at Fenway Park on Sunday, and the exchange -- as well as Love's entire visit to the city -- has most Celtics fans thinking

Those thoughts are of Love wearing green. And it's not a crazy idea, either.

The question is, does Love's recent and random visit to Boston over the weekend have anything to do with a potential trade this summer?

Comcast SportsNet Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely joined me on Monday's podcast to discuss.

Also on the show, I looked back at the Red Sox feud with the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, and called out David Price once again.

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@DannyPicard